WHAT IS THE SEED AMBASSADORS PROJECT?
The Seed Ambassadors Project began as a small group of Oregon-based seed stewards with the principal goal to increase the diversity of locally adapted varieties in our bioregion & disseminate this resource in order to further local food system durability worldwide. A few of us have spent several winters traveling through Europe & Asia sharing seed, collecting varieties & teaching seed saving skills. So far we have collected over 800 varieties of food plants, most of which were not available in the US when we acquired them. Adaptive Seeds naturally evolved out of The Seed Ambassadors Project as we found ourselves seeking more ways for our seeds to reach people. The Project also hosts seed swaps locally & teaches classes on seed saving, winter gardening, & locally adapted seeds. We at The Seed Ambassadors Project see locally adapted varieties as the foundation of the durable & resilient local food system that we are helping to create.
This is the original crew of seed stewards conducting the craft of the Seed Ambassadors Project.
Sarah Kleeger and Andrew Still – Devoted seed laborers who traveled Europe and are now farming in Oregon growing seeds for the project. We also have started a seed company to help support the project. Please visit Adaptive Seeds.
Nick Routledge – A primary home base organizer, acting project instigator, seed grower and all the while expanding his box of tricks (like winter gardening workshops and seed swaps).
Kayla Preece – Joined the travels for the first stretch of the euro-adventure and is now whole heartedly helping with seed growouts and tactical support.
Lila Towle – President of the Danish Seed Savers, she was our first European contact and became the primary planning arm of the project while Andrew and Sarah were traveling.
There are many many others who have helped with the project and we thank them all with immense gratitude. For the stories of these kind people please browse though of our blog.
(‘Chinese Violet Cress’ or ‘February Orchid’. A beautiful winter salad flower and green from Joy Larkcom’s garden in Ireland.)
Please visit our retail seed company site www.adaptiveseeds.com to buy some of our varieties and help support the Seed Ambassadors Project and help protect the seed.